How to Write a good Children's BookWriting a good children's book
Advice on how to write children's literature
Somebody recently asked me on Twitter if we had any advice on how to write for them. In this article I covered the whole way of thinking about child literacy vs adult literacy. There is a diary about creating rhymning storybooks. There is one about authoring textbooks against authoring applications.
Here are my tips: If you have a kid in your head, write. You probably won't be good at posting for them if you don't know any kids (you don't have to be a parent or instructor, but both ways of dealing with kids help). I used to be a BRILLIANT when assessing the age of kids, but last night I thought a 14-month-old man was seven moths old.
When you have a preschooler of your own, don't make that error. But I don't want to shower on your march, but be real about how much cash you're likely to make. There are, of course, those who win the big prize, but most don't. Don't pretend until you've really spelled something.
It'?s not a book. Consider becoming a member of a group of writers like SCBWI in the USA or SCBWI UK in the UK. When you contact a publishing house or agents, please adhere to the submissions policy (here are ours), and don't be fooled by how long it might take for a publishing house or agents to return to you: your first obligation is to contact their current writers.
I' m asking other folks in the bureau what their clues were. As Tom says: "Have a clear vision of who you write for". Adian says: "Never speak to children". You will find many textbooks and web sites that provide useful information. There are two known to me: Guide-to-Publishing Children's Block de Harold Underdown, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Block.
Both the Writer's Handbook and The Children's Writer's And Artist's Yearbook are useful, although they have a rather British emphasis. When you write a children's book or remember to write one, good fortune! Have you got any hints you would like to tell us?